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HMS Vestal - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Vestal

Name : HMS Vestal
Laid Down : 11th January 1943
Launched : 19th June 1943
Completed : 24th August 1944
Type : Minesweeper
Class : Algerine
Builder : Harland and Wolff
Country : UK
Pennants : J215
Fate : 26 July 1945 - July Sunk by Japanese Kamikaze plane off Phuket, Siam

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First Added : 20:20, January 19, 2011
By : Clive S Cottam

 

 

AVIATION PRINTS

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 One of the few rules of aerial combat that were established in the First World War was to attack, where possible, with the sun behind you, thus using the element of surprise both to appear as if from nowhere and to blind your opponent to minimise retaliation. Just such a tactic has been successfully employed here as a DH.2 rakes the tail of Staffelfuhrer Hauptmann Rudolf Kleines Kasta 3 LFG Roland C.II as it returns from a patrol in the skies above northern France in 1916. Known affectionately as The Whale, the C.II was extensively streamlined and the positioning of the cockpits and wing cut-outs afforded both the pilot and observer unequalled views in all directions. Power was supplied by a 160hp Mercedes D.III engine and armament was a 7.92mm Spandau in front of the pilot and a 7.92mm Parabellum for the observer.

Out Of The Sun - LFG Roland C.II by Ivan Berryman. (GL)
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 It was in 1941 that the remarkable Focke-Wulfe FW190 first appeared in the skies of Europe, quickly establishing itself as a most formidable adversary. It proved to be the supreme weapon against all allied bomber forces. Here FW190A-8 of 1 Gruppe, Jagdgesschwader 1 is shown attacking a B17G of 381st Bomb Group during a critical defence of the Reich in 1944.

Cat Among the Pigeons (FW190) by Ivan Berryman. (D)
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 The success of the attack on the Möhne dam on the night of 16th/17th May 1943 meant that the remaining three 617 Sqn Lancasters of the First Wave could turn their attention to the Eder, some twelve minutes flying time away.  Wing Commander Guy Gibson first called in Flight Lieutenant D J Shannon, flying AJ-L (ED929G) to make the initial run, but he had great difficulty achieving the correct height and approach, so Gibson now ordered Squadron Leader H E Maudslay in AJ-Z (ED937G) to make his run.  Again, the aircraft struggled to find the correct height and direction, so Shannon was again brought in, AJ-L finally releasing its <i>Upkeep</i> on the third attempt. The bomb bounced twice before exploding with no visible effect on the dam. Now Maudslay made another attempt, but released his bomb too late.  The mine bounced off of the dam wall and exploded in mid air right behind AJ-Z, the Lancaster limping away, damaged, from the scene, only to be shot down on the way home with the loss of all crew.  Finally, Pilot Officer Les Knight was called in for one final attempt. AJ-N (ED912G) released its <i>Upkeep</i>  perfectly, the mine bouncing three times before striking the dam slightly to the south.  In the ensuing explosion, the dam was seen to shake visibly before the masonry began to crumble and a massive breach appeared.  With the Möhne and Eder dams both destroyed and the Sorpe demonstrated to be equally vulnerable, <i>Operation Chastise</i> had been a remarkable success and will stand forever as one of the most heroic and audacious attacks in the history of aerial warfare.

The Eder Breaks by Ivan Berryman.
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 Two Hawker Furies of No.1 Sqm, based at Tangmere in 1937.

Cloud Dancers by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Following intelligence reports that the German destroyer Z.33 was anchored in Forde Fjord, Norway, together with a selection of minesweepers, tugs and trawlers, Beaufighters of 144, 404 and 455 Sqns were at once scrambled to attack the shipping, fully expecting their assault to take the Germans by surprise.  Quite the contrary transpired to be true however and the attacking Beaufighters had to fly through a hail of flak and anti aircraft fire to line up on their targets.  Moreover, Focke-Wulf 190s of 9/JG 5 joined the melee and a frantic battle ensued.  Here, one Beaufighter has become a victim of an Fw.190, whilst a 144 Sqn aircraft tries to make a low level escape, close to the forbidding Fjord rock face.

The Blackest Friday by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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 Flight Lieutenant Eddie Edwards in his 92 Sqn Spitfire F VIII, Italy, 1944.

Tribute to Flt Lt Eddie Edwards by Brian Bateman. (P)
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 Bf109G-2 Yellow 11 of Oberleutnant Hermann Graf, Staffelkapitan 9./JG52, Pitomnik, September 1942.  Graf scored his 150th kill in this aircraft in September 1942.  He was awarded the Knights Cross after 42 victories, the Oak Leaves after 104 victories, the Swords after 106 victories and the Diamonds after 172 victories.  His final total at the end of the war stood at 212 victories, and he held the rank of Oberst.

Tribute to Hermann Graf by Graeme Lothian. (P)
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British infantry are airlifted during major patrols in Northern Ireland during the troubles.  The troops are transported by Army Air Corps Lynx helicopters, with a Chinook dropping equipment in the distance.

24 Air Mobile by John Wynne Hopkins. (P)
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NAVAL PRINTS

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Emden and Blucher arriving at Schweinamund to depart the next day for Oslo.

Emden and Blucher by Randall Wilson (GS)
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Having taken terrible punishment from the guns of the allied French and Spanish fleet as she broke through the line, HMS Victory found herself engaged by the French Redoutable, a bitter battle that saw the two ships locked together, pouring shot into one another with terrifying ferocity and which left the British Admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson fatally wounded. In the background, HMS Neptune is emerging through the gunsmoke and is about to pass the wreck of the French flagship Bucentaure which Victory so spectacularly routed as she passed through the allied line. HMS Temeraire, which followed Victory through, and which was also to become embroiled on the Redoutables fight, is obscured by the smoke beyond the British flagship.

The Battle of Trafalgar, 1.00pm by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 H.M.A.S Hobart glides past Mount Fiji for the surrender ceremony with Missouri in the Background. Tokyo Bay 1945.

Slow Ahead by Randall Wilson (GS)
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  HMS Hood passes beneath the forth Bridge on her way to Rosyth during one of her many visits to the Firth in the 1930s.  the cruiser HMS Norfolk lies at anchor in the middle distance.

HMS Hood Passing Under the Forth Rail Bridge by Ivan Berryman (GL)
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 Blackbeard the Terrible, otherwise known as Edward Teach, Thatch or Drummond. Circa 1718.

Damnation Seize My Soul by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Besstrashniy (meaning Fearless) 434 heavy rocket ASW Destroyer is shown swinging to the port side of Pyotr Velikiy (meaning Peter the Great) a Kirov Class Cruiser as they clear a path for the carrier Minsk.

Arctic Waters by Randall Wilson. (AP)
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DHM1731GL. Pytor Velikiy by Randall Wilson.

Pytor Velikiy by Randall Wilson. (GL)
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 The flag ship Mikasa (Admiral Togo) leading the line at around 3pm on May 27th, 1905.  Ships following are Shikishima and Fuji with other ships of the fleet further in the distance.

Battle of Tsushima, Line of Battle by Anthony Saunders (GL)
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MILITARY PRINTS

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Showing Napoleon and his Generals, often referred to as the Retreat From Moscow.

Napoleon on Campaign by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (GS)
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 Probably the best known painting of the gallant charge of the Royal North Dragoons, The Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo. According to an eyewitness Alexander Armour at the start of the charge of the greys had to pass through the ranks of the Highland Brigade and armour recalled The highlanders were then ordered to wheel back, when they did so we rushed through them at the same time they heard us calling Now my boys Scotland Forever.

Scotland Forever by Lady Elizabeth Butler (GS)
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DHM825GL. Centurian by Chris Collingwood.

Centurian by Chris Collingwood (GL)
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DHM1432GS.  Flora MacDonalds Farewell to Bonnie Prince Charlie by George William Joy.
Flora MacDonalds Farewell to Bonnie Prince Charlie by George William Joy (GS)
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 Military art print of French Grenadiers a Cheval at the battle of Eylau, 8th February 1807, fought against the Russian Army, a victory for Napoleon.

French Horse Guards by Edouard Detaille.
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 Painted in the 15th Century, the artist having no concept of military dress of the time of Alexander, painted figures in the armour of the 14/15th centuries.
Battle of Issus by Albrecht Altdorfer. (Y)
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 1st Battalion The Kings Own Scottish Borderers, Operation TELIC II, June - November 2003.

River Patrol, Iraq by David Rowlands. (GS)
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GDHM9020GS.  1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment at Audregneis, 24th August 1914 by David Rowlands.
1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment at Audregneis, 24th August 1914 by David Rowlands. (GS)
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SPORT PRINTS

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GIMK0601GS.  Outside The three Crowns by Heywood Hardy.

Outside The three Crowns by Heywood Hardy. (GS)
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GIJL0048GS. A Woman Hunting by Alfred De Dreux (1810-1860)
A Woman Hunting by Alfred De Dreux (1810-1860)
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B48. Michael Schumacher/ Ferrari F.310 by Ivan Berryman

Michael Schumacher/ Ferrari F.310 by Ivan Berryman
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 Monte Carlo - June 1st 2003 and Juan Pablo Montoya put in an outstanding drive, pushing his Williams BMW to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix.  His triumph in what is possibly the most prestigious race of the season allowed him to celebrate his first win since Italy in 2001.

Harbour Master by Gerald Coulson.
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B451.  Ascot by Paul Hart.

Ascot by Paul Hart.
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 In one of the most astounding and unlikely comebacks in Champion's League history, Liverpool came back from a half time deficit of 3 goals against AC Milan to take the final to extra time, and subsequently won the penalty shoot-out.  Here, Steven Gerrard sends his team on the road to recovery by heading in Liverpool's first goal early in the second half.
Liverpool Euro Final by Robert Highton.
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 Jim Clark in his Lotus-Ford 38 winning in the record breaking 1965 Indianapolis 500 Mile Classic.

Jim Clark by Ray Goldsbrough.
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B0050GS. Jean Alesi/ Ferrari 412 by Ivan Berryman.

Jean Alesi/ Ferrari 412 by Ivan Berryman. (GS)
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